Fallin signs Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program Act to combat state physician shortage
Gov. Mary Fallin signed the Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program Act on Wednesday as part of the effort to bring more primary care physicians to rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma. The new law will provide $3.08 million to create physician residency programs to bring a new generation of doctors to medically underserved communities across the state.
Burns Hargis, OSU president, Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU-CHS provost and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Leigh Goodson, vice president for research and institutional advancement, Dr. William Pettit, associate dean for rural health, Corie Kaiser, director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, Dr. Mary Bea Drummond, director of marketing and communications services, Kyle Summers, Evan Schwenk and Blake Middleton, fourth year medical students, Todd Thomas, Janel McMillin, Jeremy Ransdell and Stephanie Letney, second year medical students, joined Fallin and key legislators in a signing ceremony at the capitol earlier today.
“Gov. Fallin and the Oklahoma Legislature have recognized the critical physician shortage we face in Oklahoma and put this law on an emergency track,” said Barnett. “The residency law will go into effect on July 1 and we have already begun creating the strategic framework for these new programs.”
The Oklahoma Hospital Residency Training Program Act allows the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to contract with the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine to set up and operate new physician residency programs in medically underserved areas.
“Approximately 80 percent of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students who finish residency programs in Oklahoma establish their medical practices near the area where they complete their training,” said Shrum. “In selecting medical residency locations to be funded under this law, we are looking to place programs in strategic areas that will most benefit rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma. Data shows that physicians typically stay within 100 miles of the community where they completed their residency program.”
RSVP for Zoo U: OSU in Tulsa Staff Appreciation Day at the Tulsa Zoo
OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa staff and faculty and their families are invited to Zoo U at the Tulsa Zoo on Saturday, June 30. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the Tulsa Zoo becomes private for OSU in Tulsa after 5 p.m.
The event includes free admission to the Tulsa Zoo, entry to Mohawk Park and a free parking pass, and free train and carousel rides after 5 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be provided and Pistol Pete will be available for photos.
The deadline to request tickets for Zoo U is Thursday, June 14.
Information session offers admission tips for OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
College students interested in applying to the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine can attend an applicant information session on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the OSU Center for Health Sciences.
“Creating the perfect application packet is a key component to getting accepted into medical school,” said Lindsey Kirkpatrick, assistant director of admissions and recruitment at OSU-CHS. “Anyone interested in applying to our medical school may attend this session to get an idea of the standards the admissions committee examines when selecting medical students during the application process.”
Applicants will receive tips on successful applications and advice on common mistakes to avoid. They will also have the opportunity to meet current medical students and members of the admissions committee, and tour the OSU-CHS facilities.
OSU-CHS faculty, staff Foundation campaign donations increase
OSU Center for Health Sciences faculty and staff increased participation in the OSU Foundation Branding Success Faculty/Staff Campaign from 35 percent in 2011 to 39 percent in 2012.
Several departments won a party at Baxter's Interurban Grill for having more than 75 percent participation. Those departments include Administrative Affairs, Alumni Affairs, Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Education and the Provost Office. Honorable mention goes to Area Health, OMM and Rural Health for having more than 50 percent participation.
Branding Success is the largest educational fundraising campaign in Oklahoma history and will provide necessary resources for OSU to further its mission as a land-grant institution.